ZINC

FOOD SOURCE 

Brewer's yeast, brazil nuts, broccoli, chicken, corn, eggs, fish especially herring, mushrooms, oysters, soya beans, spinach, sunflower seeds, turkey and wheatgerm.

ACTION 

Assists skin repair, bone and teeth growth, promotes healthy immune system, necessary for correct functioning of insulin, assists normal growth and development during childhood, adolescence and pregnancy, slow aging process and improve sex drive. An antioxidant.

SYMPTOMS OF DEFICIENCY  

Fatigue, loss of taste, mouth sores, loss of smell, loss of appetite, hair loss, diarrhea, delayed sexual maturation and impotence, acne, slow healing of skin lesions, rashes, iron-deficiency anemia, changes in the pigmentation of skin, anorexia, hair loss and a decreased immune function.

MORE INFO 

Medline Plus

Zinc has uses based on scientific evidence and more involved info on dosing for specific symptoms.

RDA*  15 mg

* Recommended Daily Allowance

 REGULATOR OF ZINC FUNCTION  

The body needs zinc to activate T lymphocytes (T cells).

T cells help the body in:

  • controlling and regulating immune responses
  • attacking infected or cancerous cells

 

 Recipes

Have you tried Edamame? They are green soya beans usually served as snacks in Japanese restaurants.  Rich in zinc and magnesium they can often be found in the frozen food section of a Chinese food store. Just steam and serve with salt.


 
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